August 14th, 2010
10:21 AM ET
12 years ago

Toomey: America at a crossroads

Republican Senate hopeful Pat Toomey delivered this week's Republican address. Read Toomey's full remarks after the jump.

“Hi, I’m Pat Toomey from the great state of Pennsylvania, and I’m pleased to have this opportunity to share a few thoughts with you today.

“Like a lot of Americans all around the country, I really believe America is at a crossroads. I’ll always be optimistic about America. We’re too strong a people and too good a country to be held back for long. But I am deeply concerned about the direction we’re heading in right now. That direction is being driven by extreme policies that are coming from one-party domination of government in Washington. And this extreme ideologically driven agenda is preventing the strong economic recovery and job creation that we should be having.

“It’s time we put some real checks and balances back in place this November.

“Let’s take a minute to review what’s happened in just the last eighteen months. First, there were the ill-advised taxpayer funded bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the car companies. Now, to be fair, the bailouts were begun under the previous administration; but the crew that’s in charge now ramped them up when it was perfectly clear that they were not accomplishing what they were supposed to.

“Next, we had the so-called stimulus bill. Nearly a trillion dollars in new Washington spending, including some egregiously wasteful spending like two million dollars to study exotic ants and thirty million for a spring training baseball complex; among hundreds of other ridiculous items. Now we were told that this monster spending bill would create jobs and keep unemployment below eight percent. Well, since then we’ve lost nearly 3 million more jobs and the unemployment rate hit ten percent, and in some states it’s still well above that. Over fourteen-and-a-half million Americans remain out of work.

“But even that was not enough for the one-party extremists in Washington. After that, they went ahead and rammed through a two trillion dollar health care bill, that even the official budget scorekeepers say will actually increase the cost of health insurance for individuals and families. And that’s not to mention the very serious consequences for health care quality of imposing government in between doctors and patients.

“Now where do all these bailouts, takeovers, and spending sprees leave us?

“They leave us with a weak economy without job growth and with a mountain of debt for our kids.

“Washington spending as a percentage of our country’s economic output has grown by twenty-five percent–practically overnight. That extravagant spending has caused a budget deficit for this year alone of one-and-a-half trillion dollars. That’s a staggering amount of debt. In fact, this Democratic administration is projected to create more debt than all the debt we accumulated in the entire history of our country from George Washington all the way through 2008, combined.

“So where do we go from here?

“Well, the first thing we need to do is eliminate the threats from further harmful legislation. Some elements of the Democrats’ extreme agenda have not yet been implemented, and if we want to create jobs, we need to keep it that way. For example, Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to impose a massive energy tax on all of us through a cap-and-trade bill and to take away workers’ rights with a Card Check bill. Well, first and foremost, Washington needs to stop causing even more harm.

“Second, you know, there’s an old saying, ‘when you’re in a hole, stop digging.”

“There are hundreds of billions of dollars that have not yet been spent in the bailout and stimulus programs. We should stop spending that now.

“There are billions more in completely unnecessary and wasteful Washington spending that should stop immediately.

“And finally, we need to offer American families and businesses the kind of tax cuts that will stimulate genuine private sector job growth, instead of the billions of tax increases the Democrats have already imposed and the more that they are threatening. To start, we should make the current tax rates permanent instead of raising them at the end of the year. And we should cut capital gains taxes to encourage business investment. Even prominent Democrats have recently said the last thing we should be doing in a recession is to raise taxes.

“Now, I have every confidence that the 21st century can be another great American century. And I know we can have a booming economy. But to get there, we have to remember the source of our national strength. Our strength does not come from bailouts and government spending. It comes from a free enterprise system and the hard-working honest citizens who make it run—the kind of industrious folks I see every day in Pennsylvania. When government lets these folks grow their businesses and work hard without putting obstacles in their way, that’s when we will achieve the flourishing recovery our country deserves.

“I’m Pat Toomey, and I thank you for listening.”

Toomey's Democratic opponent in the Pennsylvania Senate race, Rep. Joe Sestak, released a web video of his own in response. View the video here.

Filed under: 2010 • RNC
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. maf

    Blah, blah, blah, from the party of NO. Tired and old, NO assistance in reform, NO assistance on policy, NO new direction, NO new ideas.

    November can't come soon enough and by 2012, this sad GObP will be extinct.

    August 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Charlie in Maine

    Where were you when George W Bush and his administration thought it would be a great idea to spend 12 million dollars an HOUR on a war against a nation who had done nothing to us? Barack Obama is on the verge of fixing that mistake but unlike Bush's rush to war he had to take some time to decide how. So here is my idea let's spend half the war funding on balancing the defecit and the other half shoring up the states budgets and continue doing that until our economy improves which it will because we won't be flushing our money away in Iraq.

    August 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Buster

    Did everyone see where maxine waters has blamed former President Bush for her lack of ethics? Now nobummer has come out strongly supporting muslims having their way at ground zero. Here again, nobummer goes against the vast majority of Americans wishes on every decision he makes. I have no doubt nobummer is a muslim. These two are nothing more than typical liberals.

    August 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Julian E, Tempe, Arizona

    You guys/ladies are just revisionist of history. This is the 21st century, globalization due to proximity to resources and cheap labor is driving businesses away from America to cheaper economies. Giving tax cuts to businesses will not make them bring back those lost jobs when U.S. skill labors are demanding a higher wage due to higher cost of education and living. GOP, you need to proffer a better alternative to kick start this economy again instead of repeating a promise of the same old economic policies that got us here into this mess in the first place. I don't see how you economic revitalization plan is going to reduce the deficit, or decrease unemployment. Give me more solutions, and you got my vote. Screw up when you into the White House, then you out the next election year.

    August 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. phil

    Where was Mr. Toomey and the other Republicans the previous 8 years? Helping the American people overcome Republican incompentence God forbid.

    August 14, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Another Republican with no solutions, just repeating words. If Americans are stupid enough to vote a Republican back in office not knowing what plans they have then we deserve what we get, more for the rich.

    August 14, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. nice serious picture

    WHERE WERE YOU during Reagan's term and coming forward when this all began?

    you chirp up now when we have a democrat for president and you sound weak

    doesn't carry any weight when it is only an issue when you are OUT OF POWER with an election cycle coming up


    August 14, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. lovable liberal

    Go forward or go back. Toomey wants to retreat.

    August 14, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. w l jones

    I have been told all my life! it is better to have a little something! than nothing! thereby! a weak economy is better than no economy.

    August 14, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. informed voter

    We are at a crossroad. We can go backwards, by handing the control back to the Republicans who drove this country's economy and reputation off a cliff, or we can continue to elect progressive, compassionate, intelligent Democrats and Independents to continue the incredible work that President Obama has begun: reforming a broken health care system, reforming a criminal financial system, winding down our military imperialism throughout the world, and returning our dignity and respect as a leader for freedom!!

    August 14, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. KatR

    Corporate profits are up. Yet unemployment remains high. The Bush tax cuts are still in effect. Yet unemployment remains high. Stimulus legislation has resulted in figures going up rather than down. Yet the GOP continues to maintain it was a waste of taxpayer money. Vote for Democrat or Independent candidates in November. It's time for We the People to get rid of GOP Congressional representatives who obviously do not want to govern our great nation.

    August 14, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. Keith in Austin

    America was at a cross-road 18 months ago when it elected Obama. Unfortunately, we chose the wrong turn to the left and he has led us off a cliff!

    August 14, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    More crap from the GOP. Tax cuts and fewer regulations on the too big to fail corporations that are hell bent on destroying the American way of life.

    Like an out of touch republican, Toomey thinks tax cuts for the wealthy spurs job growth, and the lower the taxes, the more growth and less national debt. By his thinking, if there were no taxes, there would be no debt.

    August 14, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    What is important, is that we move forward with democrats, and not take that u-turn with republicans and travel on their bridge to nowhere.

    August 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. mrhapiguy

    It sounds good, but you just can not trust what the Republicans say anymore. George Bush spent more money than any other president in history.

    August 14, 2010 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Sgt. USMC

    Toomey, tell your party that we don't need them. America is just fine without you. Anyone who thinks that things are getting worst is a republican jerk who will ALWAYS find something to complain about. As a matter of fact, things are getting worst, for the repubs. Your message of hate is falling short and you are a dying breed.

    The Democrats have done more good in a year and a half than Bush did in 8 years. As a matter of fact, he ruined our country. Stick that up your you know what!

    August 14, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  17. Marcus

    Translation: 'No matter what serious and independent economists and economic/financial institutions says, TAX CUTS WORKS!!!'

    August 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. DENNA

    I am really tired of the Rethugs who now pretend to have gained some wisdom. You had 8 years – 6 of them in the majority – and you did not do anything. No immigration plan, no banking oversight, no rules and regulations of any kind that might have staved off this mess. Although to credit of the shrub, he did start the bailout of banks before he left office, but I am guessing that he did it because he felt sorry for his contributors and not the public.


    August 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. Anonymous

    Sen Tomey's remarks bring a smile to my face.He gave credit for the bailouts starting unthe the previous administration, but dod not talk about whay that same adinistration did, with six years of same party rule to cause the problems.
    Bailing out the auto industry not only save tens of thousands oof jobs but allowed the American auto companies to take back some of the ground it lost after the slip of Toyota this year. Bank bailouts have resulted in the not only saving them but got us a faster payback than expected AND made us money in interest and stock value.
    Without the stimulous, we would hve gone into a depression. We know this becuase in 1929 ressession was forced into a depression because the Republican philosophy of do nothing. Only a "stimulous" by FDR finally started turning things around.
    Doing nothing would have allowed teachers, police, firefighters and other cival employees to have been laid off nationwide. This would have put us in danger and at risk, but Republicans can't see past the next election or their pokets on what's right for this country.

    August 14, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. Peace

    Pat Toomey you are a moron. A nation can't be strong and leads if it doesn't lead by showing the good example of how to lead! The whole world is laughing of what GOP is showing to them. It is the big shame!

    August 14, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Chris

    I find it ironic that Toomey said: " I am deeply concerned about the direction we’re heading in right now. That direction is being driven by extreme policies that are coming from one-party domination of government in Washington. And this extreme ideologically driven agenda is preventing the strong economic recovery and job creation that we should be having." – Because that perfectly describes the Repulican dominated government during the Bush years. And since they've become the minority, they have become even more extremists and even more ideologically driven. Following their losses in the 2008 election, the GOP has doubled down on crazy – with the Tea Party, seeing socialism everywhere, and paranoid fantasies of death panels and terror babies.

    The Republicans' idea of "checks and balances" is total obstructionism. They want to grind Washington to a halt, all in an effort to make Obama fail and return themselves back to power – where they'll continue their failed extremist, ideologically driven policies that got us into this mess in the first place.

    August 14, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |